So…for as long as I can remember, I’ve said, “I don’t want to do digital scrapbooking.” I had lots of reasons…I sit at a computer all day and when I sit down to play/create – I don’t want it to feel like work. I don’t really love the way digital pages look when printed. I’m tactile – I like to cut, ink, sew and staple my papers.
And yet, with starting Project Life last year, I’ve eased into “digital” with elements I print and cut. Using stamps on photographs, or adding a bit of journaling to a photo before I print. And you know what? I kinda like it! So when Studio Calico announced their new class: Digital – Beyond the Basics, I didn’t hesitate to sign up. It’s taught by the incredibly talented Shanna Noel – and I’m only a week in to the class and have already learned so much.
The first lesson was all about taking a template and using it to cut elements out on the cameo (brilliant, really). Here’s my first pass:
This was so much fun to put together and super easy using the template. I added a bit of stamping, some stitching, a few buttons, sequins and bling to finish it off.
Can’t wait to see what else is in store for this class. Super inspired to try new things.
Have a great week!
I’ve mentioned this a few times, but wanted to actually share an up-cycle idea you can use to organize your print and and cut files. I’m addicted to the digital files at Studio Calico and about a month ago I decided to organize them by color.
I also have 2 boxes for printable journal cards and my cuts. I cut several travel themed cuts from a kraft paper a while ago but never used any if them. I just love how pretty it looks when you peek inside. And the best part? I’ve got lots of bits and pieces at the ready already sorted by color.
One thing I realized though, when I did this: I didn’t have any purple bits…so I created this sheet – feel free for download it here and add to your collection! I’ve set the .pdf to be imported into the Silhouette software and use the print + cut feature.
Thanks for stopping by!
Week 3 came together quickly using the Collect App. However…I’m really not used to how flat the spread ends up being. Either I need to figure out how to add dimension to those prints, get used the how flat it is…or go back to printing the photos and layering it on the cards individually. I used the app in week 4 + 5 too, so so I’ll give it a few more weeks before I decide. I will say – I loved how fast it came together…I’m guessing it will be a balance.
This card is from the January PL kit from Studio Calico – and the cut file is from the Sugar Rush Love You from Hello Forever. The photo was taken at the photo booth at the movie theatre – love that my family humors me – and does these silly little things on a whim.
This final shot is of my week card – I still like this format — again, it’s pretty easy to put it together, cutting it out on my Cameo and using my date stamp, a few stickers and my Sharpie pen.
Enjoy your week – and thanks for stopping by.
I’m in a heart mood. And since I don’t have Valentine’s photos to scrap, I dug out this photo from Mother’s Day last year, my Gelatos and decided to create a heart background with my cameo. You can snag that .png file here.
I started out with some woodgrain white paper from Studio Calico and then added the rainbow background using my gelatos. Not familiar? They are an awesome little staple in my craft room by Faber Castell. And they are incredibly versatile – you can use them directly on paper, add water to them for a more transparent look, dissolve them in water to create mists…for this technique, I just colored a spot on my craft mat (Ranger), loaded up a wide paintbrush with water and grabbed the color and put a stroke across the page. Then I grabbed a smaller brush and splattered paint along the stripe.
For the black outline around the page and the lettering, I used my black NeoColor crayon. With the Life Scripted class going on over at SC – I want to make more cards with my handwriting – that bold black and white look is just so fun!
Enjoy your weekend – stay warm out there.